Ufu & Mufu (Japanese Sambo animations dancing in the Jungle)
One of my followers on my blog alerted me today to this music video for Ufu & Mufu, who are Sambo caricatures currently being used as part of an animation and story in Japan. The music video was released in 2011 for their CD+DVD release there and features Ufu & Mufu living in a hut with a Mami caricature and dancing in the jungle with animals (along with what looks like it could be monkey versions of the Supremes) before another Sambo caricature dressed in a disco outfit joins them. It also is apparently based on a popular picture book series that was originally released in Japan in 1899.
I really don’t have any words to describe how this makes me feel as I’m still literally in shock and a bit of horror after watching, but it definitely goes to show how much of an influence the dehumanizing stereotyped images of black people exported from the West have definitely informed and shaped anti-blackness in Asia.
You can find more information about these dehumanizing cartoons, Ufu & Mufu, on their website here.